The pollution caused by motorized transport in Australia is responsible for 14 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, and is also related to many cases of respiratory illnesses.
You can help to reduce your own pollution output and help to create a more pleasant environment by:
See the CoP sustainable transport pages for more information on the best ways to get around without being alone in your car.
The products we purchase help to drive demand in the market place and indicate to producers what items we prefer or dislike. Shopping sustainably means that you as a consumer give preference to products that have not harmed the environment or any people in its making, transport or distribution.
Some common unsustainable practices are:
The Shop Ethical Guide is a pocket sized booklet that provides the sustainability records for many companies. It is specifically designed to help guide you to make sustainable decisions whilst you are shopping. Visit the Shop Ethical Website for a listing of the products included or to purchase the booklet.
Additionally, a great way to ensure your fruit and vegetables a produced locally is to shop at a local farmers market.
Meat Free Mondays
The livestock industry is linked to a range of environmental issues including greenhouse gas emissions, soil degradation, erosion and nutrient loading in watercourses. It has also been found that reducing the amount of meat in one’s diet can reduce the potential of heart disease, cancer and stroke. Meat Free Monday is proudly supported by Paul and Stella McCartney, and aims to reduce the environmental impacts caused by livestock by never eating meat on a Monday. Checkout the Meat Free Monday website for further details.
Top Ten Sustainable Living Information Sources
Infinite Energy have put together a list of the top ten sources to find great tips and ideas to reduce your households impacts on the environment. Each site specializes in sustainable living so be sure to take a look.
Water Wise Measures
It is well known that South Australia is vulnerable to droughts, which is why the sustainable use of water in our communities is crucial to our quality of life. Regulations do exist in terms of water use and they do incur a penalty when not complied with. These regulations change depending of the availability of water within SA’s catchments. The current regulations are summarized on the SA Water website, so be sure to keep up-to-date.
Water is our most precious resource, and there are many ways in which you reduce your consumption in the home, which not only helps out the wider community, but saves you money. Find out a wide range of water reduction strategies at the savewater website.
Energy in Australia is often produced by sources that burn fossil fuels and release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that were once safely stored below the surface of the planet. Reducing the amount of energy used in your home can help to reduce the amount of amount of greenhouse gases that enter the atmosphere. Visit the CoP energy consumption webpage to find out great methods of reducing energy in your home.
South Australia has the highest rates of car dependency in mainland Australia. This is a fact we can seek to change by changing the way we get to work. Visit the CoP Sustainable Transport Webpage to find out alternative methods of travel to and from work, and play your part in reducing Adelaide’s air pollution.
A Sustainability Focused Culture
Workplaces are increasingly noticing the economic, environmental and social benefits of sustainable practices in the workplace. If you believe that your workplace has room in improvement in terms of sustainability the Skills for Sustainability webpage provides excellent information on developing strategies to include sustainability into the function of the business.
Separating recycling and waste is just as important at work as it is at home. See the following article to discover six easy ways to recycle in the workplace. Additionally, if your workplace uses chemicals, it is very important to understand how to appropriately dispose of the material, and the potential impacts to the environment in the case of a spill, leak or some other form of exposure. This information is available on the National Chemical Reference Guide webpage.
Elizabeth South Eco-Innovation Project
The City of Playford has contributed to the sustainability of local businesses through the Eco-Innovation Project which has helped Sonnex Engineering and Levett Engineering save $70,000 annually between each business. See the CoP Business Webpage for more details.
Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AUSSI)
AUSSI is a government initiative that aims to provide a framework for schools to develop a school environmental management plan (SEMP) to engage students, teachers and the local community in sustainable activities such as waste reduction and managing natural resources. The AUSSI-SA website has more details on how your school can register to become a sustainable school.
Join the sustainable school shop to purchase a wide range of secondhand school goods like uniforms, textbooks, computer equipment, sporting equipment and much more. Visit the Sustainable School Shop website for more information.
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